• Publication Date: January 30, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814107 / 1554814103
  • 240 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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  • Publication Date: January 30, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814107 / 1554814103
  • 240 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel We, written in the early 1920s as the new government of the Soviet Union was beginning to show its authoritarian character, is one of the great classics of dystopian fiction. It presents a chilling vision of the future of the Soviet experiment—and presents as well a broader picture of mechanization and conformity coming to dominate modern life as whole.

Kirsten Lodge has newly translated the novel for this edition. In addition to the text itself, she provides an informative introduction and a range of background materials that help set the novel in its historical context.


“This new translation of Zamyatin’s We is very well done. Kirsten Lodge has managed very skilfully to produce a readable version of a novel that is in parts deliberately jerky and elliptical in the original; she has found imaginative solutions to the various tricky problems that the text presents. … The introduction and the contextual materials are also useful; this is an edition that introduces the reader to the artistic and historical context as well as to the text itself.” — Prof. J.A.E. Curtis, University of Oxford


  • The Context of We
  • Literary Approaches to We
  • A Note on the Text and Translation


In Context

  • Work, Productivity, and “Scientific Management”
    • from Frederick Winslow Taylor, The Principles of Scientific Management (1911)
    • from Vladimir Lenin, The Immediate Tasks of the Soviet Governement (1918)
    • from Aleksei Gastev, On the Tendencies of Proletarian Culture (1919)
  • Proletarian Poetry
    • Vladimir Kirillov, “We” (1917)
    • Aleksei Gastev, “We Grow Out of Iron” (1918)
    • Aleksei Gastev, “Whistles” (1918)
    • Aleksei Gastev, “To a Speaker” (1919)
    • Vladimir Kirillov, “The World Collective” (1918)
    • Ivan Logimov, “We Are the First Peals of Thunder” (1919)
    • Aleksei Mashirov-Samobytnik, “Follow Us!” (1919)
    • Vasily Aleksandrovsky, “Workers’ Holiday” (1921)
  • H.G. Wells
    • from H.G. Wells, Anticipations of the Reaction of Mechanical and Scientific Progress upon Human Life and Thought, Chapter 9: “The Faith, Morals, and Public Policy of the New Republic” (1901)
    • from H.G. Wells, “Scepticism of the Instrument” (1903)
    • from H.G. Wells, A Modern Utopia (1905)
  • Early Reception
    • from Aleksandr Voronsky, “Literary Portraits: Eugene Zamyatin” (1922)
  • Zamyatin on We
    • from Yevgeny Zamyatin, “On Literature, Revolution, Entropy, Etc.” (1923)


  • Early Twentieth-Century Art
  • Early Soviet Posters
  • Images of Zamyatin

Kirsten Lodge is Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature and Humanities at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas.